Addicks mourn Cup legend Johnson

PUBLISHED: 18:27 01 July 2009 | UPDATED: 16:53 25 August 2010

THE oldest surviving player of the Charlton side which reached two consecutive FA Cup finals in the aftermath of the Second World War died on Tuesday.

THE oldest surviving player of the Charlton side which reached two consecutive FA Cup finals in the aftermath of the Second World War died on Tuesday.

Bert Johnson, who played in both the 1946 and 47 finals in arguably the Addicks' most successful team, was 92. The attack-minded midfielder joined the Floyd Road outfit for a meagre £400 in 1939 and turned out 162 times in SE7 red. Like so many of his generation, he lost the best years of his career to the war - which broke out when he was only 23.

Astonishingly, he did not make his debut for the Londoners until 1946, but during the conflict - in which he was an RAF Sergeant Instructor - he represented the national side against both France and Switzerland.

Unfortunately, in his first appearance under the twin towers he tasted defeat as legendary manager Jimmy Seed's side suffered a heavy 4-1 loss.

Johnson was once again in the line-up when the Addicks returned to Wembley the following season, but this time his team prevailed 1-0 against Burnley - he was an ever-present in both campaigns.

After his retirement from top flight football in 1953 he joined neighbours Bexleyheath & Welling as player-manager.

The last surviving members of the FA Cup Final teams are Les Fell, Arthur Turner and Peter Croker.


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